Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
CASERTA

Caserta's royal palace 'at serious risk'

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(ANSA) - Caserta, October 5 - Caserta's arts superintendent
on Friday appealed to the Italian government to help preserve
the city's treasured Bourbon royal palace after recent instances
of damage that nearly hurt visitors.
"It's a serious situation," said Paola Raffaella David. "In
the last 10 days two parts of the facade have collapsed due to
deteriorating iron clamps that anchor the marble structures".
On Thursday a family was nearly struck by a piece of the
building's cornice that fell to the ground.
Ten days earlier a piece of a facade's tympanum fell into a
square.
David said the culture ministry has promised to
"immediately" secure all structures around entrances to the
Reggia in order to protect the thousands of daily visitors.
The Reggia di Caserta has been a World Heritage Site since
1997.
The massive palace was dreamed up in the 18th century by
Bourbon King Charles III, who hoped it would one day rival
Versailles.
Designed as the new capital of the Bourbon Kingdom, it was
lost to the Napoleonic invasion for several years but returned
to the Bourbon House in 1815.
In 1860, it became the property of the royal family of the
new Italian state, the Savoys, before finally ending up in State
hands in 1919.
The palace complex, which has won awards for its beautiful
gardens, was based on designs by papal architect Luigi
Vanvitelli and took nearly 100 years to complete.
The courtyards, vestibules, park and Palatine Chapel of the
landmark have featured in several Hollywood movies.
The building's interior appeared in George Lucas's second
Star Wars trilogy, where it was the home of the young Queen
Amidala.
It has also doubled as the Vatican in two more recent
blockbusters, Mission: Impossible III and Ron Howard's
adaptation of the Dan Brown prequel to the Da Vinci Code, Angels
& Demons.

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